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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Otto Pospisil
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/25/1971
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/25/1971
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 25, 1971, Otto Pospisil, a Relief Captain with the Chicago Fire Department’s 1st Division, died in the line of duty. Pospisil suffered a heart attack while fighting an extra-alarm warehouse fire on Cottage Grove Avenue, and was taken to Michael Reese Hopsital where he was pronounced dead.


“Fire Captain Dies After Fighting Blaze,” Chicago Tribune, April 26, 1971.

Obituary of Captain Otto Pospisil, Chicago Tribune, April 27, 1971.

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